Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Cornus sessilis (Blackfruit Dogwood)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


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 Cornaceae Dogwood family


 Cornus L. dogwood


 Cornus sessilis Torr. ex Durand blackfruit dogwood

A most desirable variety, the Blackfruit Dogwood is extremely rare and is native only to California and southern Oregon.

It is hardy from USDA zones 7-10 and thrives in shaded, moist, acidic locations as an understory plant or companion to larger, well-established trees or shrubs. It would be ideal with mature Rhododendrons.

This deciduous "woodlander" grows quickly to 15 and attains widths of 3-9.

It has lovely fall foliage and indiscreet butter-yellow to white flowers.

The fruit or berries change from white to orange to black as they age.

Photo below right by Julie Kierstead Nelson and the USDA Forest Service.

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